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General

St Lucia is a beautiful volcanic island with lush rainforests, undulating agricultural landscapes and unspoilt beaches. It is also one of the world’s breeziest places, as the trade winds blow in from the sea to the southern shore. Unlike some other Caribbean islands, this destination hotspot boasts a more varied landscape.

St Lucia boasts more than enough to keep visitors enthralled, hosting a wealth of natural wonders from excellent beaches and mountain scenery, to the Qualibou Volcano with its boiling sulphur springs, as well as tropical flower-lined roadsides.

The island’s unique cultural heritage also proves a significant draw for visitors, with a considerable British and French influence still felt today. This cultural diversity is still evident in St Lucia from the colonial-style plantations to the French influence felt in the patois spoken throughout the country.

With the local’s friendliness and hospitality, visitors to St Lucia are invited to enjoy the islanders’ leisurely lifestyle.

There are several trips and tours available to enable visitors to experience the island. Boat trips offer the visitor an exhilarating day viewing the island from the sea and possibly weighing anchor to picnic at an interesting location. Alternative means of transport include brigs, catamarans and private yachts.

Castries

Castries is one of the most beautifully situated Caribbean cities. Surrounded by hills, its large, safe harbour at the head of a wide bay is a constant hive of activity. Castries is a major port of call for cruise ships, which dock at Pointe Seraphine. The spacious Derek Walcott Square features the 19th-century Catholic Cathedral standing in the shade of a 400-year-old samaan tree. There is also a colourful, bustling market. Morne Fortune (‘hill of good luck’), affords the visitor the chance to inspect the fortification which defends Castries. It also provides a magnificent panorama of the city and the surrounding area.

The famous St Lucia Jazz Festival takes place here annually.

The North

Gros Islet encompasses the northern portion of St Lucia. With lots of upscale restaurants, shopping malls and night clubs, this quarter is an extremely popular destination spot for tourists. The area with the expensive hotels and ritzy night life is known as the Rodney Bay area in the town of Gros Islet on the western coast of the quarter. Gros Islet is also the spot where vendors and party-goers fill the roads for the popular Friday night street party known as "Jump Up".

Nature lovers will be pleased to find the Pigeon Island National Park, a peaceful oasis filled with an abundance of wildlife. Nearby Pigeon Island National Landmark has a small museum telling the history of the island. It was from here that Admiral Rodney set sail in 1782 and destroyed the French Fleet in one of the most decisive engagements in European history.

Another popular destination for tourists is the lovely Sandals resort.


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